1801 Tasting Notes

Do your non-tea friends automatically assume you love chai? Me, too. However, this was a pleasant surprise—little bag passed on from a friend in a Republic of Tea-ish cylindrical tin, but with both RoT and Harry & David labeling. Can’t find a good description on either website, although it shows up as a “Pick Two Teas” option at H&D.

All that to say, it’s your standard average mishmash of chai spice ingredients, with the addition of apple. And the apple makes it exceptionally good. Pie with lots of cinnamon. Homemade red cinnamon apples. Mmmmmm!

Indigobloom

Sounds interesting. usually the apple takes over too much for me

gmathis

My taste buds get a little put out when blenders get too crazy with the cardamom in chai variations…so the fruity diversion is welcome in my cup.

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. Though it can go terribly wrong- I tried a rhubarb chai today. Awful

gmathis

Blugggggh. :))

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Still amazed that a self-promoted high-octane, high-caf tea doesn’t taste like bitter swamp water. It’s fairly light in flavor, if not in content; good with milk. Using judiciously and in small amounts; I don’t want them to have to peel me off the ceiling today.

K S

Where do you find these things? I hardly ever see them when I head to town. In fact I have never even heard of this one. I nominate you for Grand Poobah of the Cheapster Steepsters!

gmathis

You may refer to me as Your Eminence :)
Hubby’s responsible for this one … either Wal-Mart or our new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market; I think the latter. The Neighborhood Market is like the grocery half of a super Wal-Mart with a larger, slightly upscale selection. (As we’re near Bentonville AR, our W-M facilities are pretty good.)

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Another find in the bulk jars at the local store. One-sixty something for an ounce, this Assam leans more to the brighter/brassier spectrum, but without milk, if you wait for it, the good Assam wheat-toast-crust vibe is there. A good pantry basic when you need Tea of Very Little Brains.

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Poop. Just lost a reasonably-thought-out review. In short, don’t give up on this one until you’ve tried it with a little milk. Makes the caramel creamer and the apple sharper. If I actually and consistently used numeric ratings, this one would slide up the scale considerably.

Suziqzer

I don’t think I’ve tried this one yet, but for most CS teas I’m a leave the bag in kind of drinker ;)

K S

Sometimes notes don’t post to your dashboard right away but they will show up in your tasting notes.

I’ll have to see if I can find this one. Caramel apple without worrying about it getting in my fabulous Uncle Si beard.

gmathis

The original showed up, finally, after the BKOD (Black Kettle of Doom).

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First experience with was “pleasant and tasty, but not stellar.” Kicking that assessment up several notches after adding a small blip of almond milk. Just what this needed to turn the caramel into Brach’s Milk Maids…the fresh ones out of the bin that are still squooshy…and to accentuate the sharpness of the apple. As always with CS flavors, it’s better a) bag-in, b) double bagged, c)in a small cup or a combination of all three. This evening, small cup was all it took.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1801 tasting notes

This afternoon’s herbal brew—equal parts elderberry and St. John’s Wort, steeped long and glooped with a bit of vanilla flavoring syrup. It’s sweet and raisiny-date, like dark raisin bread or fruitcake. Nice change from minty-lemony tisanes.

Indigobloom

Hmmm I have St Johns Wort tea, no flavourings. I wonder if that’d go well with vanilla!

gmathis

I haven’t tried it on its own yet, but I guess that would be wise so I know what kind of flavor or un-flavor I’m working with. I’ll keep you posted of medicinal effectiveness…tried capsules some years back; they somewhat took off the edge.

Indigobloom

thx, I’m curious!
I had a tea with St Johns Wort from Davids Tea once. I know they say it takes awhile for any medicinal properties to kick in but I swear that tea relaxed me immediately when I was having a bad day. Probably psychosomatic lol

gmathis

OK…did a straight-up cup. Not a strong flavor at all; a little reminiscent of chamomile, but milder, and truly a little bit vanilla-y. That would explain its mixability.

Indigobloom

Hmmm interesting! I shall have to try it myself one day as a nighttime brew

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1801 tasting notes

Post-holiday glums usually hit me in the gut like a sack of wet potatoes, so I made a preemptive herbal strike yesterday and bought an ounce of St. John’s Wort. As herbal medicinals tend to taste like tree bark, I dumped an experimental teaspoon in with a second steep of my Bonita Peach green rooibos. It worked—no bitterness and enough fruit flavor left to make it somewhat tasty. Next time I’ll go halvesies with some fresh leaf.

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First experience with a green rooibos here…I think I like it, but the fruit flavors are so strong it’s a bit hard to tell what’s what. Product name notwithstanding, the blend doesn’t lead with “peach;” it’s fruity confetti with the strawberry and orange flavors equally evident. A little too elegant to saddle it with a Froot Loops description, but close.

Fjellrev

That’s the good thing about green rooibos if you don’t normally care for red. It’s so delicate in flavour so you can easily taste the other notes and flavourings.

gmathis

I’m OK with red, but it does make its presence known!

Nattie

I looove green rooibos! This sounds lovely.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1801 tasting notes

Desperate times—in this case, just enough snow to add a little fluff to tree branches and lawn, but to make it so damp and chilly my bones are cold—call for desperate measures. In this case (shh, don’t tell!) cocoa. Husband makes a reasonable Starbucks signature cocoa clone by mixing two grocery store packets of different flavors in one mug. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate with a Christmas Marshmallow Peep floating on top. Sweet enough to trigger a sugar coma, but a tasty change of pace.

Fjellrev

Totally understandable. It’s hot cocoa weather here too! But I’m trying to not give in.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1801 tasting notes

Laziness on my part: there’s a listing for what I’m drinking as part of a set…those inexpensive gift tea sets where the tins are prettier than the tea tastes…but I don’t remember the brand name. It’s a cheapie bagged orange/green tea from the set. Lots of pith and peel taste that can run to bitterness if you’re not careful, but I strongly prefer pithy orange flavor over tart, make-your-eyes-bleed citrus sourness.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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